Psychologically healthy workplaces demonstrate greater resilience in financially hard times

    The 2009 British Columbia Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards is
    currently accepting nominations.

    VANCOUVER, April 7 /CNW/ - Psychologically healthy organizations
demonstrate greater resiliency and benefit from reduced operating costs, less
lost time, improved productivity and stronger customer/client relations. The
British Columbia Psychologically Healthy Workplace Collaborative, a standing
committee of the British Columbia Psychological Association, is acknowledging
and awarding organizations that recognize and excel in ensuring a healthy
workplace for their employees with the 2009 Psychologically Healthy Workplace
Awards. The award is open to all BC companies that address five criteria for a
psychologically healthy workplace including, Employee Involvement, Work-Life
Balance, Employee Recognition, Employee Growth and Development, and Health and
Safety. The deadline for nominations is July 31st, 2009. Winners will be
acknowledged at a reception October 15, 2009.
    The impact of the down-turn in the economy has affected all sectors in
British Columbia. But research shows that engaged, satisfied and involved
staff help companies improve their bottom line and thrive, even in difficult
times. As Barry Forbes, President and CEO of Westminster Credit Union noted:
"We recognize the vital link between the well-being of our employees and the
success of our credit union. Westminster Savings' track record of low turnover
and strong organizational performance demonstrates the positive benefits of
investing in programs that promote a psychologically healthy workplace."
Westminster Credit Union was a 2007 winner of the BC Psychologically Healthy
Workplace Awards and went on to be both a Best Practices Honoree and an
overall winner at the 2008 international awards event in Washington, DC.

    The Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award was founded by the American
Psychological Association in 1999, brought to Canada in 2004, and last awarded
in 2007. British Columbia was the first province to offer this award in
Canada. Today, 52 states and provinces across Canada and the United States
participate in the award. For an application or more information on the
awards, interested organizations can go to Additional information
is available by contacting the Coordinator, Yvonne Cretain, at 778-782-7671 or

    ABOUT British Columbia Psychological Association:

    With over 600 members from across British Columbia, BCPA represents
valuable Healthcare resource. Since 1977, the BCPA has represented
psychologists in British Columbia; it is a voluntary body and is committed to
advancing the delivery and availability of Psychological Services along with
promoting the psychological well being of all British Columbians.

For further information:

For further information: Rebecca Smith, Executive Director, No. 204-1909
West Broadway, Vancouver, BC, V6J 1Z3, Ph: (604) 730-0501, Fx: (604) 730-0502,

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